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Posted 12/27/08
Okay guyz here is a little help about shading and lighting!! The "tutorial" was taken by :THE COMPLETE BOOK OF DRAWING MANGA by Peter Gray! I hope this might help!!

LIGHT & SHADE (basics)
To use color effectively, you need to understand how light and shade affect an object.


1. Daytime shadows
The shapes shown here form the basis of most objects. Light is hitting them from an upper-right direction. The surfaces facing toward the light will therefore appear brighter than the parts that face away. The parts facing away will not be completely black, however, because light also bounces off walls, floors and other objects to faintly illuminate these areas.

2. Night-time shadows
At night, when objects are lit directly from artificial light sources, there may be no light reflecting off other things too help illuminate the parts of an object that face away from the light source, so these areas can merge into the darkness.


3. Simple shading
First decide on the direction the light is coming from, then lightly shade the surfaces of your picture that aren't facing the light directly. In his picture, the light is coming from top right again. He has used a very soft pencil, holding it at an angle but without pushing down too heavily.

4. Creating shadows
Some parts of a complicated object like this robot will block out the light from other parts---an arm might cast a shadow on a leg, for instance. Keeping the light direction in mind, imagine where various body parts might cast shadows on other parts and shade those areas darker.

5. Hidden areas
Some parts of the robot are tucked away, like the little crevasses under close-fitting joints. Shade these parts more heavily.

6. Angles
Polish your picture by working across each body part and imagine the subtle ways that light falls on it. Shade the parts to different degrees, depending on the angle of each part in relation to the direction of light.

7. Adding backgrounds
Here is the finished picture against two different backgrounds. A gray background makes the lighter areas stand out more and helps show the effects of reflected light around the left and lower edges of the body parts. He has also put the same drawing on the black background and removed the reflected light. Now you can see that it blends in with the background completely. This effect is often used in manga to create atmosphere.




That's it for now about lighting and shading!
This was more like tips but... it helped me
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Posted 12/27/08
hmm.. it helps, but still... it's for manga, therefore black & white.. but I think I could use these tips.. ^_^ thanks!
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Posted 12/27/08

layla_adelle wrote:

hmm.. it helps, but still... it's for manga, therefore black & white.. but I think I could use these tips.. ^_^ thanks!


I'll try to find more!!!
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Posted 12/27/08
Thanx. I'll try and see what I can do about my drawings.
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Aziza-Vega wrote:

Thanx. I'll try and see what I can do about my drawings.



You are welcome!!! i hope it will help you! ^^ if you finish your drawings you can always post them on the members artwork album!!!
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